Case Studies in Disaster Mitigation presents cases illustrating efforts to reduce human and material losses associated with disasters. It demonstrates that mitigation is an ongoing phase in which communities continually pursue long-term hazard resistance and reduction. Cases illustrate the importance of risk assessment in the development of mitigation strategies through hazard mapping and multi-hazard mitigation planning. Cases also illustrate approaches to reduction risk through structural and non-structural means, giving consideration to benefits or limitations of these strategies in different contexts. The contributions of different mitigation activities to disaster risk reduction efforts are examined using the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.
- Presents in-depth cases studies in disaster mitigation, one of the phases of disaster management
- Unites practice and research from multiple disciplines to highlight the complexity of disaster mitigation, including environmental and earth sciences, engineering, public health, geography, sociology, and anthropology
- Examines policy and ethical dilemmas faced by decision makers in disaster situations
Historical Perspectives on the State of Mitigation Practices 1. Continuity of Function and Implementation of Mitigation Solutions 2. Current and Future Directions in Hazard Mitigation Policy 3. Implementing a Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan on a Small Budget
Mitigation Decision Making 4. Reducing Risk Through Public Engagement in Hazard Mitigation Plans 5. Community Based Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Strategies in Rural Communities 6. Participatory Mapping and Risk Reduction 7. Leveraging Indonesian Youth Engagement in Disaster Risk Reduction
Emerging Issues 8. Rapid Risk Assessment of Climate Change Impacts 9. Building Material Changes and the Need to Adapt Construction Practices Volume Editor Conclusion
Tanveer Islam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Management at Jacksonville State University, where he teaches hazard mitigation, community resilience and GIS courses. He received a PhD in land use planning from Texas Tech University and did postdoctoral research at Texas A&M marine branch in Galveston and at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Environmental Cooperative Science Center. He is also a certified floodplain manager.